Goodfellas, The F*cking Best Movie Ever Made. Open Thread.

Goodfellas celebrates 25th anniversary.

Good Evening

It’s been 25 years since “Goodfellas” was released in 1990 and yet the film still remains a favorite. Well, it is my favorite anyway….

You can see what the cast looks like now after 25 years at that link.

The film was celebrated at the Tribeca film festival today.  So enjoy these next few links that discuss the one and only Goodfellas.

‘Goodfellas’ actors spill secrets for 25th anniversary – NY Daily News

Just like the character he played in “Goodfellas,” Ray Liotta sang like a canary Saturday at the 25th anniversary reunion for the mob classic.

Capping the 12-day Tribeca Film Festival, actors Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi more than amused a Beacon Theatre audience with behind-the-scenes tales from the beloved flick, which opened in 1990.

But it was Liotta, who played mob informant Henry Hill, who truly spilled the beans, telling a rapt crowd that Joe Pesci’s famous “Do I Amuse You” sequence was almost entirely improvised.

“Joe was just telling a story in rehearsal about something that happened to him in Queens,” Liotta recalled. “Some guy, who happened to be a connected guy, said, ‘You think that’s funny?’”

Actually, that is not anything new as far as news…we all have heard about that tale from Joe Pesci before.

But more here:

Tribeca 2015: ‘Goodfellas’ Reunion, Martin Scorsese Said He “Denigrated a Certain Ethnic Group” – Hollywood Reporter

Of the many delicious scenes in Goodfellas, the one that lingers longest is that of Paulie Cicero slicing garlic with a razor blade.

“The character in real life actually did that! And people have asked me if those were stunt hands — no, they’re mine,” Paul Sorvino recalled to The Hollywood Reporter of the move, which he recently re-created on Rachael Ray. “But do not mix garlic and onions together — if I hear you did, I’m going to hunt you down.”

Ray Liotta also joked of the scene, “I like it a little thicker — not as thin as they do!” and Debi Mazar, who actually hadn’t ever seen the movie on the big screen before, warned fans, “Don’t slice your garlic with a razor blade — there’s no reason to do that!”

The three shared hugs at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Saturday night, along with Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco, for the 25th anniversary of the Martin Scorsese gangster classic — a reunion that closed the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and included about a dozen members of the 1990 film’s other cast and crew in the audience.

Joe Pesci couldn’t be here, but he sent this email: ‘F—, f—, f—, f—ity f—, f—'” read De Niro, introducing the film with fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “I’ll translate: ‘Dear Bob, sorry I can’t be there. Love to all. Best, Joe.'”

Scorsese and producer Irwin Winkler sent video messages to the audience, as they’re currently filming Silence in Taiwan. “I remember the previews were one of the worst experiences of my life — we had three of them and they were all in California. … It seemed that the audience had to be prepared for what it was, but there was a lot of controversy,” Scorsese said of debuting the crime drama, in which his parents also appear. He then addressed screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi: “Remember that nice Italian restaurant in Tribeca that we used to go to? And then when the film came out, the owner of the restaurant said we’re not allowed in anymore because we apparently denigrated a certain ethnic group for the picture?”

That I have to say no…I can’t agree with that. Because what I saw, is what I grew up with. Sorry.

The scene with the Mother and Tommy and eating spaghetti and talking about settling down…no, that is as real as it gets.

As far as the mobsters and the violence, ugh….no comment. (Cough…cough.)

11 Things We Learned About Goodfellas — Vulture

Author and co-screenwriter Pileggi didn’t believe it was Scorsese calling him.

After Wiseguy, Pileggi’s book about the life of Henry Hill, came out, Martin Scorsese called the writer numerous times to talk about adapting it. Pileggi, a writer for New York (hey!) at the time, said he would get “these pink slips saying, ‘Call Marty Scorsese.’” But he refused to believe it was Scorsese calling; he thought they were messages from David Denby, then the magazine’s film critic. Scorsese, unable to figure out why Pileggi wasn’t calling him back, got someone in his office to call Pileggi’s wife, the late Nora Ephron, and told her to tell the writer to call him back. Pileggi came home that night to an irate Ephron: “Are you crazy? Marty Scorsese’s been trying to reach you! Call him back!”

That is the first of the eleven, go and see the other ten…

Jon Stewart geeks out over “Goodfellas” at Tribeca: “One of my most favorite movies of all time” – Salon.com

Jon Stewart geeks out over "Goodfellas" at Tribeca: "One of my most favorite movies of all time"

In addition to celebrating the power of film, this year’s Tribeca Film Festival also provided an opportunity for all our esteemed fake news hosts to geek out over their favorite films. Colbert talked to his hero George Lucas about “Star Wars,” John Oliver moderated a lively Monty Python reunion, and last night, diehard “Goodfellas” fanboy Jon Stewart closed out the festival with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s iconic gangster film.

Following a screening of a remastered print of the film at New York’s Beacon Theater, Stewart moderated a Q&A with stars Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco and screenwriter and “Wiseguy” author Nicholas Pileggi.

“What a thrill for me tonight, this is one of my most favorite movies of all time,” said Stewart upon introducing the panel, adding that the film was “one that, when I saw back in 1990, nearly ruined my life, because at that point, I could only talk in ‘Goodfellas.’ I was a comedian, so you can only imagine our conversations ended with ‘funny, how?’”

Scorsese, who couldn’t be there because he was shooting in Taipei, sent a taped video message, in which he chatted candidly about the film and gave a shoutout to the panel’s moderator, saying: “Jon, if you were around at the time, we would’ve put you in the picture. I’m not exactly sure where, but…”

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Super-fan Stewart, meanwhile, appeared to still be holding out hope for a sequel. “When you do a classic like this and then you think about ‘Godfather 1,’ ‘Godfather 2,’ ‘Godfather 3,’ do you think ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Greatfellas?’” he quipped to the group. “You could have ruined this very easily.”

And now a bit of the real thing:

The Real Goodfellas: The Mysterious Fate of Tommy DeSimone

Goodfellas buried Tommy DeVito in a closed coffin. The real Tommy D came to a more crushing end.

SPOILER ALERT:This article is all about endings, but it is still has no finish.

In Martin Scorsese’s classic gangster film Goodfellas, Tommy DeVito, played by Joe Pesci, gets whacked by John Gotti’s family in retribution for killing made man Billy Batts, played by Frank Vincent. Robert De Niro’s character “Jimmy the Gent” Conway gets the news in a phone booth which he pummels in a fit of rage. Scorsese got his dope from Henry Hill, who ratted out his friends to the feds and told all in a best-selling book called Wise Guy. In the movie, Tommy has to be buried in a closed coffin because he was shot in the face.

Tommy DeVito is based on Tommy DeSimone, aka “Two-Gun Tommy” or “Tommy D.” Most news reports, including one of mine, are based on Wise Guy and the press reports surrounding the $6 million dollar Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The problem is, the Gotti crew had nothing to do with the death of DeSimone. Tommy wasn’t buried in a closed coffin. He was never buried at all. His body was never found.

Pretty much everyone is familiar with Joe Pesci, either from his role in popular Christmas-themed children’s film Home Alone or his role in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning gangster classic Goodfellas. He largely retired from acting in 1999, but starting today, you can see him on the big screen in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys. Just one hitch: you’ll be seeing an actor (Joseph Russo) playing the character “Joe Pesci” rather than the actor Joe Pesci playing a character in the film.

Jersey Boys the film is based on Jersey Boys the play, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the group’s inception all the way through to (spoiler alert) the group’s reunion at the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Turns out, Joe Pesci actually played a not-inconsequential role in the formation of the popular doo-wop band. Growing up near Newark, N.J., young Pesci was friendly with Tommy Devito and the rest of the band and, according to the canon that the film presents, Pesci connected DeVito (the band’s behind-the-scenes leader at the time) with “Short-Shorts” writer Bob Gaudio, who would later write nearly all of the Four Seasons’ most popular songs. Now, according to the movie, DeVito works for Pesci. Yeah, that Joe Pesci. Small world, right?

The connection doesn’t end there, though. Later, Pesci—the actor, not the Jersey Boys character, who was a real person but not played by Joe Pesci because real-life Pesci was already in his 60s by the time Jersey Boys the play arrived on Broadway in 2005—starred in Scorsese’s Goodfellas. His name in the film? Tommy DeVito. And in case that weren’t enough of an in-joke, at one point during Goodfellas, Karen (Lorraine Bracco) confronts Henry (Ray Liotta), and says to him, “”Who the hell do you think you are, Frankie Valli or some kinda big shot?” Valli, in addition to being the lead singer in the Four Seasons, also allegedly had ties to the Italian mob (as did DeVito), so there’s more than enough self-referentiality going on here.

Anyhow, here’s the point: without Joe Pesci, we likely wouldn’t have The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys (the play or the film), Goodfellas or My Cousin Vinny. There are likely plenty more links to be made, but probably best to stop here before the universe collapses on itself.

So….what do you know…ain’t that funny….funny how?

But quick:

Power of Nepal earthquake was equivalent to 20 atomic bombs – Asia – World – The Independent

Clinton Foundation on Donor Disclosure: ‘We Made Mistakes’ | Mediaite

Stephanopoulos Challenges Clinton Cash Author: ‘Is There a Smoking Gun?’ | Mediaite

Smoke But No Gun Yet | The Mahablog

John Boehner Accuses Hillary Clinton of Breaking the Law

And this next story is crazy…

‘F*ck this court — I AM Justice’: Woman uncorks berserk legal rant after civil rights suit tossed

Full court filing can be found here: Very Angry Lady Successfully Files “Fuck This Court” Legal Brief

and if you read down at that Gawker link for the Pepperment comment you will find the full story behind the story:

http://gawker.com/this-is-amazing-by-the-way-the-background-is-that-our-1699883511

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Friday Nite Lite: Women’s Rights Needs a SuperShero!

We all need a SuperShero!!!!!

I got a little creative late last night, well…early this morning….anyway, hope you enjoy my little twitter story below:

There was once a comic book character named Woman in Red, its a shame she isn’t still around, kicking right-wing ass around Washington DC. It even sounds like she may be needed in the halls of the Supreme Court! Anyway, here…take a look at a little history of:

The Woman in Red is a fictional character who first appeared in the period known to comic book historians as the Golden Age of Comic Books. Created by writer Richard E. Hughes and artist George Mandel, she first appeared in Thrilling Comics #2 (March 1940), published by Nedor Comics. The character was later revived by writer Alan Moore for America’s Best Comics.

The Woman in Red is the secret identity of policewoman Peggy Allen. Frustrated by the limitations of her job, Peggy creates a secret identity. As the Woman in Red, she wears a red, floor-length coat, hood, and mask.

The Woman in Red made her debut in Thrilling Comics #2 (March 1940). Comics historian Trina Robbins has identified the Woman in Red as the first masked female crime fighter, preceding such better known characters as Wonder Woman, Phantom Lady, and Mary Marvel,[1] with Fantomah, who debuted one month earlier, being the first female superheroine.[2] While the Woman in Red never made a cover appearance, she continued to appear regularly in issues of Thrilling Comics. Her last Golden Age appearance was in issue #46 (February 1945).[3]

Now for the cartoons.

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader – 01/14/2014

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Poverty War – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 01/14/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Poverty War

Bridgegate – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 01/16/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 01/15/2014

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Inventor of the Internet by Political Cartoonist Pat Bagley

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle – 01/15/2014

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Signe Wilkinson: Water Contamination – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

kid viiolence by Political Cartoonist Bill Schorr

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Justin Bieber egg raid by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Shooting by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

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Wrong Airport by Political Cartoonist Steve Kelley

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Lazier Congress by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

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Unaided Unemployed by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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Mission to Mars by Political Cartoonist Pat Bagley

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Got Water by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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This is a little op-ed on Winter Olympics: The Untold Story by Danny Tyree

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit.

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Sochi curling by Political Cartoonist Hajo de Reijger

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Mike Luckovich: Another Bridge Scandal – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

Tip by Political Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons

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Idiots among us: Open Thread

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Evening all…

I guess you can imagine what I’ve been up to the past few days? Well, it took all day Saturday to download all the documents and files from the CSP Sandy Hook School Shooting. Since that time I have been trying to work my way through the mess…

Coming up for air, I found these two items of interest and could not go the rest of the evening without making a post about them. We truly are turning into the Idiocracy society.

Survey: The number of Republicans who believe in human evolution has declined

A growing partisan divide is emerging between Republicans and Democrats on human evolution, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center. Forty-eight percent of self-identified Republicans told Pew in a study released Monday that they believe humans “existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” On the contrary, 43% of Republicans said the opposite, that they believed humans “have evolved over time.”

That is a sizable shift from 2009, the last time Pew asked the question. In that survey, a majority of Republicans – 54% – told Pew they believed in human evolution.

The percentage of Democrats who believe in human evolution, on the other hand, grew in the last four years. Two-thirds (67%) said they believe in human evolution, compared to 27% who said they didn’t.

In 2009, the number of Democrats who said humans evolved over time was 64%.

“I didn’t expect to see that kind of shift,” said Cary Funk, the senior researcher at Pew who oversaw the study. “I think it basically fits with a pattern of growing polarization. And we see that on some other science issues.”

No kidding!!!!!

For Funk, the Republican shift was surprising and led the researchers to check the numbers by controlling the data against racial and ethnic divides between the two parties. Even still, Funk said, the divide on human evolution between Democrats and Republican, as well as the changes in Republican beliefs, persisted.

I mean, when you have idiots out there who think the USA is, are you ready for it….2014 years old, what else would you expect?

Meet The People Who Think America Is 2014 Years Old

According to Twitter, more than a few people believe that the United States was formed 2014 years ago, and that New Year’s Day is America’s birthday. There is so much about this idea that doesn’t make sense. If New Year’s is America’s birthday, is it a different year in different countries? Did you never take any history class or speak to another human being?

Maybe some of these people are joking. PLEASE let them be joking.

Meet The People Who Think America Is 2014 Years Old 2013-12-30 20-23-53

And if you really want to laugh, or maybe cry…go to the link and see the idiots who think the world is only 2014 years old.

But..back to the pew poll results: One-Third of Americans Don’t Believe in Human Evolution | LiveScience

A belief in evolution does not necessarily preclude belief in God, the survey found. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Americans agreed with the statement, “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.”

Pew last surveyed Americans about their beliefs in evolution in 2009, and found that the proportion of believers and non-believers has not changed. Sixty percent of Americans say they believe that humans and other animals have evolved over time. Thirty-three percent say there is no such thing as evolution. [Top 10 Mysteries of the First Humans]

Major religious differences underlie these responses. A majority (64 percent) of white evangelical Protestants disbelieve evolution, compared with 15 percent of white mainline Protestants. Black Protestants are evenly split on the question of evolution.

Among Catholics, Hispanics are slightly less likely to believe in evolution than whites: Fifty-three percent of Hispanic Catholics said humans have evolved over time, compared with 68 percent of White Catholics.

Both white Catholics and white Protestants are similarly likely to see God’s hand guiding evolution if they do believe, with 36 percent of all white mainline Protestants and 33 percent of all white Catholics saying a supreme being guided the evolution of living things. Eighteen percent of all white evangelical Protestants believed the same, with only 8 percent saying that natural processes drove evolution.

Stop the world please! I want to get off!

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Friday Nite Lite: Too Dang Busy

Rockwell Kent Christmas Card, wood engraving.

Rockwell Kent Christmas Card, wood engraving.

Good Evening

Aaaarrrrrhhhhh! So many damn things to do this time of year. So instead of complaining, let’s just get to it.

Mr. and Mrs. Perkins Go Gift Shopping 2013 – Political Cartoon by Jen Sorensen, Self-syndicated – 12/10/2013

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Mr. and Mrs. Perkins Go Gift Shopping 2013

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune – 12/10/2013

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12/8 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Impeach him | Mike Luckovich

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World of Spycraft by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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Obama and Raul Castro shake by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun – 12/12/2013

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer – 12/12/2013

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Selfie – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 12/12/2013

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Letter Carriers by Political Cartoonist Steve Nease

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(That is a Canadian Letter Carrier, but the same can be said for its southern relative, Postalus Americanus)

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

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POPE v DOPE – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 12/13/2013

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 12/13/2013

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12/13 Luckovich cartoon: Neanderthal | Mike Luckovich

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Ya know, that never gets old!

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Have a good night y’all!


Evening Open Thread: A little toilet humor…

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Ya, let’s have some laughs…a little infantile…but there is a reason for my madness.  Let me explain.

Earlier today, my mom and dad were farting around on the web, after my dad made some observations that the squirrels around our house are full of bite marks and scars from previous battles. He could not believe such happy little creatures could be so vicious.

Well, my mom set him straight…by showing him some YouTube videos of squirrels fighting each other, beating up birds and even snakes…and in doing so, she got sucked in to the black hole that is YouTube.

Soon she was looking and listening to all sorts of animal attacks and then strange animal sounds, coming upon a frog in Australia, that sounds just like a mountain lion.

And that is when YouTube began to “suggest” videos of news anchors farting on live TV…which she had to show me:

Hey, she sure as hell handled it great!!!!

And what is really perfect? This comment from a dude…Jim Boh  2 days ago

Doing what FOX does best, talking out of their ass

Oh…now that is funny.

In fact, when my mom read that comment out loud…she farted while laughing…and me? Well, I almost peed my pants.

Now, for something serious. World Toilet Day aims to make sanitary conditions available for all | Al Jazeera Americas

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Demonstrators carry signs to mark World Toilet Day in New Delhi, India on Nov. 19.Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday much of the underdeveloped world celebrates World Toilet Day, which is meant to bring focus to the diseases and social unrest that can occur when people don’t have sanitary places to relieve themselves. While the World Toilet Organization, the Singapore-based non-profit behind the celebratory day has been around since 2001, this is the first day the United Nations has supported the event.

“We must break the taboos and make sanitation for all a global development a priority,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday.

Ban stressed that having access to a toilet is an extremely serious issue. They help prevent the spread of diseases that have ravaged many poor areas around the world.

Each year, more than 800,000 children under five die from diarrhea, the U.N. said, many due to poor sanitation.

Lack of access to clean bathrooms in schools also deters many women and girls from pursuing their education after they reach puberty, says a report titled “We Can’t Wait” from WaterAid, a private agency working with the U.N. and Unilever, the multinational consumer goods company.

“Sanitation is central to human and environmental health,” said Ban as he launched a campaign to end open defecation by the 2025 and cut in half the number of people lacking decent sanitation. “It is essential for sustainable development, dignity and opportunity.”

By working together — and by having a frank and open discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation — we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family,” added Ban. “That is the goal of World Toilet Day.”

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Friday Nite Lite: Playoffs and Black Fridays

2013VarsityPanthersGood Evening

Tonight’s the playoffs for the Union County Panther’s. They are playing a top ranked US team, so it is probably likely the last game of the season. It sure is exciting. Anyway…so let’s go Panthers!

Now for the cartoons.

Thanksgiving table etiquette by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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APOLOGIES by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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Transfat Apocalypse by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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I think if Cartman was a cartoon of “death” that fat one above is what he would look like.

NSA Nagging by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

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And that woman there looks like Harvey Corman in drag.

Early Christmas – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/14/2013

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Black Friday expanding by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Crack Smoking Mayor by Political Cartoonist Steve Breen

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Rand Paul plagiarism charge by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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GOP Blessings by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

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Medieval Care – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/12/2013

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Modern Afghanistan by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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Typhoon – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/15/2013

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Okay, but seriously, here is one for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan…

Praying for the Monsoon Victims – Political Cartoon by Angelo Lopez, Philippines Today – 11/13/2013

Cartoon by Angelo Lopez - Praying for the Monsoon Victims

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Big Storm, Unbelievable Image, Open Thread

The eye of the storm is over 600 Kilometers across…

That has to be one of the scariest radar images I have ever seen…Super Typhoon Haiyan Could Be One Of The Strongest Storms In World History

Super Typhoon Haiyan — which is one of the strongest storms in world history based on maximum windspeed — is about to plow through the Central Philippines, producing a potentially deadly storm surge and dumping heavy rainfall that could cause widespread flooding. The densely populated city of Manila, home to 12 million, is in the storm’s path, although it is predicted to escape the worst of the winds and storm surge.

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Enhanced satellite image of Super Typhoon Haiyan showing the telltale “donut” appearance of an intense tropical cyclone. Credit: U-Wisconsin-CIMSS via Twitter/@Ryan_Maue.

As of Thursday afternoon Eastern time, Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, had estimated maximum sustained winds of 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph, which puts the storm in extraordinarily rare territory. Since 1969, only three storms have had sustained winds close to this magnitude — Hurricane Camille in 1969, Super Typhoon Tip in 1979, and Hurricane Allen in 1980. No storm in the Atlantic has ever been stronger than Haiyan, accoring to The Weather Channel.

Haiyan is capable of causing catastrophic damage in the central Philippines and its outer bands are already starting to affect the island nation.

Then you have to look at what this thing looks like from space:

For the past 24 hours, the storm has remained at a strength close to the theoretical upper limit that cyclones can reach. Unlike in the tropical North Atlantic, there is no aircraft reconnaissance of tropical storms and typhoons in the Western Pacific, so the actual wind speeds and minimum central air pressure — two key parameters used to classify such storms — are being estimated using satellites.

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Wide-angle satellite image showing Super Typhoon Haiyan approach the Philippines. Credit: Facebook/EUMETSAT.

I hope that people find safe places to shelter during the storm…it is going to be bad.

Super typhoon Haiyan slams central Philippines, millions seek shelter | Reuters

Super Typhoon Haiyan bears down on the Philippines | TIME.com

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